The Sydney Roosters have claimed a 38-4 win over the Newcastle Knights in Newcastle, but the win has been overshadowed by two more horrific injuries for Roosters stars.
Inside the last 10 minutes, the injury list ramped up with Origin forward Lindsay Collins and superstar back Brett Morris going down seemingly with horror knee injuries.
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The Roosters finished with just 11 players with the late injuries.
Collins’ injury was concerning enough with teammate Jared Waerea-Hargraves leaving the interchange bench to go and look after his friend.
Collins was on the field clutching his knee.
But moments later, Morris, the leading try scorer in the 2021 season so far was bundled into touch but quickly grasped his knee.
Both injuries are believed to be ACL injuries, which could spell the end of Morris’ career.
When it was clear he was in serious pain, the commentators let out a collective “oh no”.
Morris was screaming in pain over the injury.
“This is cruel,” Andrew Voss said.
The seriousness of the injury was clear immediately with his twin brother Josh coming to his aid and to check on his welfare.
Coach Trent Robinson confirmed the injury could be a career ending blow, but he said “I’d like to think there’s a chance that it’s not what we think it is, but it’s a sad night for us.”
The green whistle was immediately out but they walked him off the field.
Brett Morris chose to skip the medicab but didn’t take the direct path to the sheds.Source:FOX SPORTS
But during the call, Fox League commentator Andrew Voss was furious that Morris was made to walk around the edge of the field after he was taken into touch on the far side of the field.
After the match, Robinson confirmed that Morris refused the medicab and wanted to walk off the field.
“C’mon, it’s 2021,” Voss said. “You’re kidding me. You want to go around the back. You’re cracking jokes. We’ve got to be better than this. We can’t have a player that has to go around 100m more than to get to the change rooms, where’s the medicab for crying out loud. That’s outrageous. We’re making the player go all the way around the ground.”
While Voss mustn’t have realised that Morris turned down the medicab, the point remains that he wasn’t able to take the most direct path off the field.
But Voss wasn’t done.
“Such is the distance Morris has to travel, he might not make it to dressing rooms before full-time,” Voss added. “I can’t believe that Brandy. We worry about player welfare and bring in so many rules about player welfare, we’re at a multimillion-dollar stadium, we’re being watched by hundred of thousands of people here tonight …”
“ … and it looks like park footy,” Greg Alexander interrupted.
“That’s right, it does. It’s amateur hour,” Voss finished.
Josh Morris then completed the win with a try of his own — his third of the night — but his thoughts were clearly with his brother.
Josh then spoke to Fox League after the game.
“I was trying to find out but he was in a fair bit of pain,” Morris said. “Fingers and toes crossed that it’s nothing serious, same as Lindsay. It’s nice to come up here and get a win but when you get two injuries in the final five minutes, it puts a bit of a dampner on it. All I know is that he’s in a lot of pain and it’s going to be a tough drive home.”
The Morris twins next to each other in the sheds.Source:FOX SPORTS
Footage of the sheds after the game showed Brett Morris in the circle with ice on his knee, having captained the side for the night in James Tedesco’s absence.
But as teammates and his brother came in to hug him, Morris quickly broke down.
Always have your brother's back 💔 #NRLKnightsRoosters
Fox League’s Mal Meninga said he’s not a doctor but he hoped it wasn’t an ACL as “it could be the end”.
“But lets hope for the best and that it’s not as serious as we think it is,” he added. “You don’t want to end you career like that. It’s just part of life but you wouldn’t wish that on your worst enemy.”
Cooper Cronk added that Morris appeared to know within himself how bad it was.
Social media was quick to react to the sad scenes.
If this is it for Brett Morris, he's the GOAT winger for me. Tryscoring freak, toughness, defence, athletic ability… he had it all. Obviously hoping we see him again though! #NRLKnightsRoosters
Always love watching Brett Morris play. Always positive, a great competitor. One of the greatest wingers to ever play the game. Trent Robinson fears he’s played his last game, if that’s the case then Brett Morris has left us with so many terrific memories. #[email protected]
Doesn’t get much tougher than those scenes of Brett and Josh Morris in the sheds together. Likewise the address to teammates and round of applause.
Brett could be heard saying he didn’t want to go off on a medicab.
These guys are gladiators on field but still humans off it.
Heartbreaking watching Brett Morris in tears in the sheds. Horrific. Terrible injury toll for Roosters, but this is just the worst. Huge respect for BMOZ… and the Roosters players all class with the hugs.
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